May 19, 2015 - LONDON
On Sunday 24th May, 36.8 million Ethiopians will march towards the country’s 45,202 polling stations to cast their votes. This will mark a major milestone in the history of building democracy in Ethiopia.
the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia has done its best to ensure that the 5th National Election will be free, fair, peaceful and credible. The lively election campaign will continue until two days before Election Day.
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Information on the Diaspora Housing Programme
Ethiopians and foreigners of Ethiopian origin in the UK are entitled to own a house through a government Diaspora housing scheme either individually or by becoming members of a housing association.
Further information on the criteria for registration and house prices can be found in the following links:
NOTE: Registration of the Diaspora Housing Programme will commence on 18 May 2015.
Asmelash Bekele Weldemariam
Counsellor - Public Diplomacy
Tel: 020 7589 7212
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Ethiopia has appointed an Honorary Consul for Scotland for the very first time.
Professor John Struthers of the University of West of Scotland’s School of Business and Enterprise was appointed in March and officially accepted his exequatur, duly signed by H.E. Dr Tedros Adhanom, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, at a lunch in his honour at the Ethiopian Embassy in London on Tuesday 28th April.
As Honorary Consul, Professor Struthers will assist Ethiopia in its efforts to increase its trade and investment links with Scotland, encourage educational and cultural exchanges, and assist the London based Ethiopian Embassy to interact with the Scottish Government, civic society, and the business community.
24th April 2015
A meeting organised by the Ethiopian Embassy in London was held on 23 April 2015 to discuss the participation of the Ethiopian Diaspora in the country’s development endeavours. H. E Ato Eshetu Dessie, Minister of Cabinet Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office and H.E. Dr. Yinager Dessie, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, were on hand to brief the participants who represented various sectors of the Ethiopian community in the United Kingdom. H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede was also present on the occasion.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
The people and government of Ethiopia are greatly saddened by the barbarous killing of innocent Ethiopian Christians in Libya.
The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia strongly condemns the killings, even more so when they were supposedly committed in the name of religion.
Atrocities of this kind have nothing to do with religion: they merely illustrate the psychotic nature of terrorism and violent extremism. There is no excuse for such deliberate crimes against humanity.
New business visa regulations became effective as of 19th January 2015. Applicants are advised to allow at least 2 weeks before the date of travel.
Applicants seeking to apply for a business visa to Ethiopia will now require approval from the Main Department of Immigration and Nationality Affairs in Addis Ababa.
Applicants are encouraged to submit a formal application letter to the Immigration Office requesting visas, with details of their trip and once approved (normally within a few days), the Embassy will be able to issue a visa straight away.
For enquiries, please call the Consular & Visa Section on 020 7838 3897/98
15 April 2015
Response to the Guardian article titled, Ethiopians talk of violent intimidation as their land is earmarked for foreign investors, published on 14th April 2015.
With the country poised to surpass almost all the Millennium Development Goals, Ethiopia’s development efforts have been widely endorsed.
This has not prevented one or two international advocacy organizations and individuals, trying to question these results, claiming these developments are non-existent and, when the evidence has become impossible to deny, claiming they were driven by abuse and violence. Organizations such as the Oakland Institute continue to propagate an image based on flawed methodology, built up from unverified and unverifiable information, with inaccurate and exaggerated accounts drawn from externally-based politically-motivated sources and seldom, if ever, checked on the ground.
23rd March 2015 – LONDON
More than 300 members of the Ethiopian Diaspora attended a successful bond selling event held at the Embassy on 21st March 2015, aimed at raising funds for the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam (GERD).
In his opening speech, H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede thanked the guests for, once again, turning up to demonstrate their continued support for the construction of the GERD. The construction of the dam is crucial to consolidating the double-digit economic growth Ethiopia has been experiencing for over a decade, the Ambassador said, noting that the project had so far reached the 41% completion stage.
Tuesday, 10th March 2015 – LONDON
During the 114th Session of the International Coffee Council held in London from 2nd – 6th March, a delegation led by H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede presented Ethiopia’s preparations to host the fourth World Coffee Conference and actively participated in the deliberation of the conference.
It is to be recalled that during the 112th Session of the International Coffee Council held in London last year, Ethiopia won the bid to host the World Coffee Conference together with the 116th Session of the International Coffee Council in Addis Ababa in March 2016 – the first time the conference will be held in Africa.
March 9, 2015 - The Embassy of Ethiopia in London, in partnership with the Tigray Women’s Association and the Ethiopian Somali Women’s Association as well as members of the Ethiopian community in the UK colourfully marked the International Women Day on Sunday 8th March at the Embassy under the theme “Make it Happen”.
The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) has launched 11 new channels and recommends using ROKU, a streaming device which can be purchased for around $50 (£33), in order to receive these channels. Please click on the links below for more details.
6 February, 2015
Response to the Independent article titled, Ethiopia refuses to allow access to imprisoned British citizen, published on 9th February 2015.
The Ambassador explained in detail the position of the Ethiopian government on the issue and further underlined that the matter should be left to the bilateral consultation mechanism.
The Ambassador also advised the honourable parliamentarians that there was no need for them to go to Ethiopia as the case is being properly handled by the judiciary in accordance with the national law of Ethiopia and applicable international law to which Ethiopia is a party.
27 January 2015 - A delegation led by H.E. Mr Shiferaw Shugute, Ethiopia’s Minister of Education, participated at the Education World Forum in London from 19th to 21st January. The Minister was accompanied by his Deputy, H.E. Mr Wondwossen Kiflu, State Minister for Education.
Friday, 23rd January 2015 - On 21 January 2015, Human Rights Watch (HRW) launched yet another attack against the Ethiopian Government. It is a well-known fact that HRW has been waging a campaign of vilification against Ethiopia under the guise of a range of issues. This time, the chosen theme was media freedom and the upcoming general elections. In its latest report entitled “Journalism is Not a Crime: Violations of Media Freedom in Ethiopia”, HRW makes unfounded allegations of systematic repression of the independent media.
UPDATED: January 8, 2015
December 12, 2014 - The Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia would like to bring to your attention a new directive, the Immigration Service Payment Tariff No. 1/2014, indicating the change of fees for visas and other services to Ethiopia.
The new directive shall enter into force here at the Embassy as of 12th December 2014 as detailed in the following link.
November 14, 2014, LONDON - The Ethiopian Embassy in London has noted with dismay that a report containing wild allegations against Ethiopia, has once again been published by the Oakland Institute (OI). As usual, OI's report is characterized by outright lies, distortions and exaggerations.
Oakland Institute's previous reports have been repeatedly refuted by independent investigations undertaken by development partners and NGO'S operating in Ethiopia that have the full grasp of the reality on the ground.
November 7, 2014, LONDON - Ethiopia participated in the World Travel Market (WTM) exhibition in London from 3rd – 6th November, 2014. A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Ethiopian stand and was jointly officiated by H.E Mr. Berhanu Kebede, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the UK, Mr. Solomon Tadesse, Director General of the Ethiopian Tourism Organization and Mr. Michael Yared, UK Area Manager of Ethiopian Airlines.
October 29, 2014 - LONDON
Ethiopia will celebrate World Travel Market week with an event on the ancient Aksumite civilisation at the Royal Geographical Society (IBG) on Wednesday 5th November at 6.30pm (doors open at 6).
Professor David Phillipson, who was the first professor of African archaeology at Cambridge University, will give an illustrated talk on The Rise and Fall of the Aksumite Kingdom, revealing little known details concerning the role and significance of the main Aksum obelisks.
In addition to the talk, there will be an exhibition of contemporary photos of Ethiopia by Chris Roche, whose photographic book, The Priests and Pilgrims of Ethiopia, will be published in December. His exhibition will display Ethiopia’s spectacular landscapes and will include deep, ethereal images which capture the utter devotion of Ethiopian pilgrims.
October 24, 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Despite all the efforts made to combat and control it,the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak continues to ravage the affected countries in West Africa and the transmission remains persistent and widespread especially in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. At this very moment there is unfortunately no end in sight to the end of this epidemic in spite of current efforts;and is expected to furiously worsen for the foreseeable future...In order to help fill the critical gaps in the responsein the highly affected countries, the Government of Ethiopia is ready to deploy a volunteer health professionals mission of 200 to West Africaalong with a financial support of ETB 10 million (USD 500,000). The professionalMission comprises of medical doctors, nurses, field epidemiologists,environmental health professionals and public health specialists.They will engage in case management/treatment, surveillance, contact tracing, social mobilization, and community engagement, and will also assist the local national health system to continue its essential and basic health, food and WASH services.
October 16, 2014 - On 14th October, the annual All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ethiopia dinner was hosted at the Embassy by H.E. Ambassador Berhanu Kebede and Chair of the Group, Mr Laurence Robertson MP, and was attended by MPs, peers of all parties, members of the business community from a range of sectors such as green energy, agro-processing, mining and consultancy services, representatives of the civil society and friends of Ethiopia.